A COVENTRY fundraiser is aiming to unite some of the city’s music stars to release a CD in aid of a children’s charity.
Zoe’s Place provides palliative, respite and end-of-life care to babies and infants aged from birth to 5 years suffering from life-limiting or life-threatening conditions.
John Jerzyszek has assembled a group of Coventry artists including Sugary and Neville Staple, Matt Catell and Rooted n’ Booted for a concert at the Rialto Reborn music venue in Moseley Avenue, Coundon, tonight (November 15).
They will also feature on a CD being put together by Mr Jerzyszek who aims to raise money to help continue keeping Zoe’s Place open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
The CD has been released in some Coventry shops and culture hotspots such as the 2Tone Village in Walsgrave Road.
It will be released online after Christmas, Mr Jerzyszek says.
Community fundraiser at Zoe’s Place, Jane McGaffney, said: “We want to thank John Jerzyszek and all of the artists who have come together and given their time to create this wonderful CD to raise funds for the hospice.
“We rely almost entirely on the support of the public in order to raise the £1.2million pounds per annum we need to keep the hospice open all week.
“John has worked on this CD for a number of years and we are very proud of what he has managed to achieve and hope that people support the children in our care and the artists by purchasing a copy of the CD.”
John wants to raise close to £3,000 at the concert and more than £30,000 over the three-year campaign in the run-up to UK City of Culture.
He says he aims to showcase some of the best-known artists from the city’s cultural scene and raise money for one of the city’s most important charities.
“We were looking for a local charity to raise money for and we came across Zoe’s Place,” John said.
“I heard that they support many children across the region with cancer and life-threatening illnesses.
“And I thought about how these children are never going to be able to reach their full potential – with some tragically passing away as children.
“My wife and I had a very emotional tour of the fantastic hospice and it made me realise we have got to dedicate the funds to this charity.”